To The Moon And Back
The Primrose Railway Children by Jacqueline Wilson is a wonderful modern re-telling of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children. It is perfect for ages eight years and over and is sure to delight whatever your age.
I am a huge fan of the 1970 film but have never warmed to the original book. However The Primrose Railway Children captured my attention and my heart from the start. It follows similar but slightly different storylines to the original and is absolutely charming.
The action is told via ten year old Phoebe in the first person. She is realistic, likable and easy to empathise with. I ‘travelled’ through the novel in her shoes. She has a fourteen year old sister Becks and an eleven year old brother Perry, who has autism. We witness the ups and downs of sibling relationships. They basically love each other with the occasional spat.
A Snapshot In Time
A Young Girl’s War by Sheila Nelson is a powerful account of the author’s experience of living in London during World War II.
Sheila Nelson was born in 1931 and has a vivid snapshot of memories of the war as it impacted her childhood.
Evacuated early on to Brighton proved to be a traumatic event. Although safe from any bombs falling, being isolated from her family was awful and Sheila Nelson soon returned home. Incidentally my Dad was also evacuated early on to Llandudno and he hated it, wrote letters home daily and was popped back on a train to Birmingham after just two weeks!
Whilst the author’s family house did not have any direct hits, her road did and therefore her house continually suffered damage such as the glass being blown out and doors being blown off hinges (coincidentally this happened to my Dad’s house too). At one time the family house was uninhabitable and Sheila Nelson’s family sofa surfed between relatives.
The Impact Of Choices
My Father’s Uniform by Jaitsche Wassenaar is a powerful account of the daughter of an NSB member living in Holland during World War II.
The young girl is only eight years old in 1944 and is traumatically impacted by the cruelty she receives from her peers as her father is an NSBer. She is tarred by association.
We hear of life on a farm and see the war through the eyes of a child. We witness the cruelty inflicted by her teacher as the choices of adults disrupt young lives.
The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson is an absolutely superb contemporary crime thriller. It is the second book in the Inspector Anjelica Henley series and can be read as a stand-alone. I would recommend reading book one The Jigsaw Man first so that you can see the character progression.
The Binding Room is totally gripping as the rather gruesome murders mount up. I tried to guess the perpetrator and was totally wrong – again!
Nadine Matheson draws the reader in with her plotline as it throws up more questions than answers. Along with the murder squad, I was totally flummoxed – who was committing the crimes?
Inspector Anjelica Henley is a wonderful, realistic leading lady. She is not perfect but she is believable as she is tenacious and hard working. She will not rest until justice is served. Following on from events in book one, we witness her PTSD as the past events haunt her.